THE year may be drawing to an end, but for Seaford College it is just the start of another successful academic year.
The Petworth college has been busy organising charity fundraisers, and open mornings – and even boasts a new private housing development on its grounds.
Its most recent charity event saw 11 students, staff and parents cycle the 50 or so miles from Seaford College to the site of the original school, Corsica Hall in Petworth, to raise vital funds for a charity which supports the Royal Marines.
Organiser Matthew Pitteway said: “We cycled over the South Downs and after setting off at 8am, we eventually arrived cold, wet and exhausted at 6pm.
“The event has so far raised more than £750 for our charity of the term – the C Group, a charity helping support Royal Marines who have been seriously injured in combat.
“Seaford College moved out of Seaford itself in the second world war to temporary accommodation in Worthing.
“After the war was over, the school governors took the decision there was limited scope to expand in a town centre and began to look for suitable accommodation nearby.
“Eventually Lavington Park was found and in 1946 the then headmaster Charles Johnson moved the whole school to its current site.”
It’s not just the pupils delivering great results.
The college has seen record numbers at its open mornings, student numbers have gone up 13 per cent since and there is now a waiting list for boarding places.
Having been at the helm for a year, headmaster John Green said the college continued to excel academically. “There is room for more growth, but we will not grow to the detriment of the community, family feel at Seaford,” he said.
“Our ethos is to be a small school where no pupil flies underneath the radar. Intake is non-selective, but expectations are high and the college offers a wide choice of subjects at GCSE and A-level.”